The North Shore
The farther east you travel along the North Shore, the more rural it gets. Around Oyster Bay, the traffic thins out considerably, and by the time you reach Centerport—located less than 20 miles from the Queens-Nassau border—you’ve left the city far behind.
Route 25A, also known as Northern Boulevard and North Hempstead Turnpike in Nassau County, is the northernmost major route that traverses Long Island, and the best one to use for unhurried exploring.
Running parallel to it to the south is the Long Island Expressway (LIE), or I-495, which is the quicker route (except during rush hour) and therefore good to use when driving directly to a specific site.
Points of Interest on Long Island’s North Shore
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